Spinal dysplasia with stump tail and hind limb paralysis in a laboratory bred cat

Lab Anim. 1992 Oct;26(4):299-300. doi: 10.1258/002367792780745715.


A case is presented of a specified pathogen free bred cat which was apparently tail-less at birth and at three weeks of age revealed hind limb paralysis. The animal was euthanized at 4 weeks and X-radiography revealed an abnormal spinal curvature, greatly reduced caudal vertebrae and abnormal pelvic development. A small tail was dissected at post-mortem, but other abnormalities were not seen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cats / abnormalities*
  • Hindlimb / abnormalities
  • Hindlimb / diagnostic imaging
  • Paralysis / veterinary*
  • Radiography
  • Specific Pathogen-Free Organisms
  • Spine / abnormalities*
  • Spine / diagnostic imaging
  • Tail / abnormalities
  • Tail / diagnostic imaging